September 19, 2002Black & Decker Has Recalled
Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers
- Black & Decker has recalled
about 140,000 cordless electric lawn mowers. An electrical component in the
lawn mower can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.
Black & Decker has received 11 reports of electrical components overheating.
One of these resulted in a minor hand burn and nine resulted in reports of
minor property damage extending beyond the mower.
The mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand
names. The recalled Black & Decker cordless electric lawn mowers have the
model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R and date codes from 9534 through 200230,
both of which are located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear
door of the mower. The lawn mowers have either an orange or green deck cover
with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have the words "Black & Decker"
and "Cordless" on top of the motor cover.
The Craftsman-brand mowers, which were sold at Sears, have model number
900.370520 and include all date codes. The model number is located on the
silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Sears lawn
mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover. The lawn mowers have
the words "Craftsman" and "24 Volt Cordless" on top of the motor cover.
Home centers, hardware and discount stores nationwide sold the Black &
Decker lawn mowers from February 1996 through August 2002 for between $360
and $400. Craftsman-brand mowers were sold at Sears stores nationwide from
January 1998 through December 2000 for between $360 and $400.
Consumers with either brand recalled lawn mower should stop using it
immediately. Black & Decker mower owners should call Black & Decker
toll-free at (866) 229-5570 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday, or log onto the company's web site at www.blackanddecker.com to
receive information on the free repair.
Craftsman mower owners should take their mower to the nearest Sears store or
Sears product repair center for a free repair.
Black & Decker recalled 1,300 cordless electric mowers with model number
CMM1000R on January 23, 2002. For more information about that recall,
contact Black & Decker at the toll-free number listed above.